Liminal Garden by Dolphin Midwives

Dolphin Midwives | Liminal Garden Beacon Sound (LP) The new record from singer/harpist Dolphin Midwives (Sage Fisher) arrives on Portland’s imprint Beacon Sound this Friday. Liminal Garden straddles psychedelic etherealism like the futuristic leftfield side of Björk yet untapped. The record is infused with Asian stringed melodies and electronic effect abstractions – all deeply steeped in sweet (dare I say) effeminate rhythm and the unexpected. After all its premise is so topical as the artist explains: “This album is about change, about finding beauty and acceptance in the fractured, broken and vulnerable places. It’s about integration, of all of my … Continue reading Liminal Garden by Dolphin Midwives

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Mesophase by Zack Clarke

Zack Clarke | Mesophase Clean Feed (CD) Listen (Spotify) The follow-up to his Random Acts of Order (also on Portugal imprint Clean Feed) is the brand-new effort, Mesophase, from NYC pianist/composer Zack Clarke. The lineup is as follows: Zack Clarke: piano and electronics Chris Irvine: cello Charlotte Greve: saxophone, clarinet, flute Nick Dunston: double bass Leonid Galaganov: percussion, waterphone, shakuhachi OK, so, from the start, the physics-based title comes from matter which is neither liquid nor solid…posing the ultimate question: what is it?  Well, it’s aptly between worlds, jazz, electronics, classical, tropical sound effects and more – just for starters. … Continue reading Mesophase by Zack Clarke

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Stances/Semblance by Ulex Xane

Ulex Xane | Stances/Semblance Cipher Productions (CD) Stances/Semblance (edition of 300) is both a forty-year retrospective of musique concrète and electroacoustic works of Ülex Xane (1975-2015) and my personal introduction to his work. Though I’ve been listening as long as he’s been making my tastes have shifted and evolved over time, as has his sound evidently. The Australian composer is known mostly for his work under the power electronics moniker of Streicher. But to me he was the founder of the brilliantly evocative and always wildly edgy Extreme imprint, for which I am indebted for initially introducing me to Fetisch … Continue reading Stances/Semblance by Ulex Xane

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Sterminato Piano by Fabio Orsi

Fabio Orsi | Sterminato Piano Backwards (LP) Italian imprint Backwards is just releasing the latest from Berlin-based Fabio Orsi in a limited vinyl edition on bright orange wax. This is noteable, not just because of the Miami vibes coming off of the sumptious cover art, but moreso due to the unusual change in overall tonal values for the artist usually cloaked and shrouded in otherwise atmospheric obscured gray layers. Here he showcases an entire 360°. In just two tracks, each under 20 minutes, the artist I’ve known from previous efforts like Osci (2006, SmallVoices) or Stand Before Me, Oh My … Continue reading Sterminato Piano by Fabio Orsi

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~ by Elnath Project

Elnath Project | ~ Focused Silence (CD/DL) “Music cannot exist without sound.
 Sound exists by itself without music.
 Music evolves over time.
 The sound is timeless.
 It’s the sound that matters.
 Sound is strength.” – Giacinto Scelsi Elnath Project consists of trumpeter Alessandro Ciccarelli and his new record simply titled by the tilde symbol is a rare bird of sorts. On ~ he was inspired by the work of fellow Italian and surrealist-era composer Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988). From the very top of DA22~ we are drawn into a foggy, drone saturated world that buzzes with an evaporating reverb. An all … Continue reading ~ by Elnath Project

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Be On Fire by Chrome Sparks

Chrome Sparks | Be On Fire Counter Records (DL/Stream) The new EP from Brooklyn’s Chrome Sparks (Jeremy Malvin) nicely crosses genres with ease, there are hints of abstraction, awkward beats, minimal techno, hip-hop with samples and effects galore. It’s a true pastiche of style that has ‘essence eau hipster’ written all over it – saturated in this rainbow blend of throwback soundtrack themes, fuzzy funk and slunken beats. In fact the mistaken identity of genre occurs near the start on In2 Your Love where a restrained pop soul vocal is muted over a trippy synth and fuzzbox, but at just … Continue reading Be On Fire by Chrome Sparks

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Hour Club by AJOG

AJOG | Hour Club self-released (DL) A journey of giraffes seem to be passing by, and we are listening to a gentle stampede. In this case, though, it’s Baltimore’s John Lane under the simplified moniker of AJOG and his self-released Hour Club – now up on Bandcamp. This is a rare bird (sorry to mix animalia metaphors) in terms of introductions, that is both wholly from leftfield, and also jam-packed, with a running time of around three hours! There are twenty-five tracks here, each just about seven minutes in length, ranging from ambient passages to soundtrack-style electronics – all poured slowly … Continue reading Hour Club by AJOG

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